And the Keyboard Goes Click, Click, Click

Authors

  • William Ventres University of El Salvador

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v4i2.128

Keywords:

Electronic Health Records, Physician-Patient Relations, Physician's Role, Professionalism, Technology

Abstract

In this essay I discuss the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) from three different points of view. These perspectives come from my experiences as a patient, family physician, and medical anthropologist. I briefly explore how health care practitioners repeatedly have been told that EHRs hold great promise to facilitate communication with patients. I note how EHRs have, at present, far from reached that promise: in general, health care practitioners have yet to integrate EHRs in ways that promote a shared therapeutic presence—the healing human connection that can emerge in clinical encounters—between them and their patients. I conclude by examining my own limitations in using the EHR and the mindful lesson I have learned in the process.

Author Biography

William Ventres, University of El Salvador

Research Associate Institute for Studies in History, Anthropology and Archeology University of El Salvador

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Published

2017-06-21

How to Cite

Ventres, W. (2017). And the Keyboard Goes Click, Click, Click. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v4i2.128